YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

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YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?
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YouTube is littered with videos unboxing YouTube Play Buttons—but what are they? What are the different types of Play Buttons exist? And how much subscribers does one need in order to get one?

In this article, we’ll talk about each Play Button, how many subscribers do you need to get them, and how to get yours.

But before anything else…some housekeeping.

What is a YouTube Play Button?

A YouTube Play Button is a commemorative plaque awarded to a YouTuber whose channel gained a certain number of subscribers.

These buttons are awarded as part of the YouTube Creator Award program, meant to acknowledge the platform’s best and most subscribed channels. The above short video tells a bit about the program.

Interestingly, people have been meme-ing the buttons hard, most famous perhaps is the What’s Inside? video that (sorry for the pun) broke the internet.

Watch the video from What’s Inside? below.

What kinds of YouTube Play Buttons are there?

There are currently five types of Play Buttons in existence, with one sent out to an ‘elite’ of channels that have hit an enormous number of YouTube subscribers, and a literally one-of-a-kind, specially designed button sent to PewDiePie.

The different types of Play Buttons are:

  • Silver Play Button
  • Gold Play Button
  • Diamond Play Button
  • Ruby Play Button – Bro-Fist Design sent to PewDiePie
  • Red Diamond Play Button

Silver Play Button – 100,000 subscribers

This is the smallest Play Button YouTube gives its creators. You only need to hit 100,000 subscribers—but make no mistake, 100K subs is no small feat. And the YouTubers in this league have doubtless worked hard for the distinction.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

Gold Play Button – 1,000,000 subscribers

Hitting a million subscribers on YouTube is more commonplace now than ever. Still, this is a feat that is aptly awarded with a plaque made with material no less than gold.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

Diamond Play Button – 10,000,000 subscribers

Now we’re in the big leagues. Channels like MKBHD and Mr. Beast who have surpassed the 10-million mark receive this distinction.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

Ruby Play Button (Bro-Fist, PewDiePie) – 50,000,000 subscribers

Especially made for PewDiePie and designed with the Bro-Fist logo in mind, this special edition Ruby Play Butto was given to Pewds in 2016, when he hit 50 million subscribers.

He made a funny video about it, too. You should check it out.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

Red Diamond Play Button – 100,000,000 subscribers

Only two Red Diamond Play Buttons in the world that were given to YouTubers. One is to PewDiePie and the other is to T-Series.

What’s Inside? made a fun video about this very Play Button too, where they showed the process of making the ebutton.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

How to get your YouTube Play Button

If, by chance, you’re reading this and you have under your belt at least 100,000 subscribers (qualifies for a Silver Play Button), you will have to follow a three-step process.

It’s worth noting that YouTube reviews each award, so it’s really up to their discretion whether or not you’ll get a Play Button.

YouTube Play Buttons, Explained: How many subscribers to get one?

Step 1: Make sure you are eligible to get a YouTube Play Button. Aside from meeting the minimum number of subscribers, you also need to have the following things in check:

Step 2: YouTube will notify you that you are eligible for the award one week after hitting a certain number of subscribers. It’s worth reiterating that YouTube keeps full reign as to who they grant the award.

If you’re eligible, YouTube will then send you a unique redemption code which you will use when you key in your shipping information.

Step 3: Wait for your YouTube Play Button to arrive.